Bright Pink Viscose Alix Maxi Dress - By Hand LondonHi!

I’m Amelia and welcome to my blog!

I’m a 30-something currently living in Gloucestershire, having relocated from London last year.

Thrift Make Sew is a place where I write about my adventures in sewing my own clothes, which I started doing in 2013. I can’t remember learning how to use a sewing machine as I was so small – my mum sewed a lot of our clothes when we were kids. My Grandma also made a lot of her own clothes – and now I have some of her patterns from the 60s and 70s (and have used one to make a retro-style dress). I also love to refashion ugly old clothes into much more stylish things that I would actually wear!

Blue Mustard & Orange Shirtdress refashionThe more I’ve drooled over Vintage Sewing Patterns, the more interested I’ve become in the History of Fashion – I do have a History degree so perhaps it’s only natural! I’m also constantly working on developing my own style – there’s nothing worse than spending ages making something only to realise it’s not really your style so you probably won’t wear it! I’m leaning towards a mixture of 60s retro styles and slightly masculine modern basics.

I recently added Make It and Fix It – designed to give you tips and instructions of how to make things or fix them. I hope they prove useful – if you would like to see a particular tutorial, do let me know.

If you would like to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you: thriftmakesew@gmail.com. You can also find me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by!


Fara Coat refashion into Freemantle Coat


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    1. Thanks and thanks! I’m glad you like my refashions – and thank you for the Liebster Award. I’ve been nominated for it a couple of times before and will do my best to write a post answering your questions 🙂


  1. Just found your blog looking for old Mary Quant designs. I wish I had pictures of the number of dresses I had made back in the 60’s. I never liked my picture taken and regret it very much now. Vintage patterns cost a fortune so I will see how I can makeshift up some modern ones to look similar to those designs as soon as I lose some more weight, lol. God bless.


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